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When Denver International Airport (DEN) lays out the welcome mat, it goes all out. The largest and fifth-busiest airport in the United States now features a signature entry sign that stretches a quarter-mile long, with more than 900 LED-lighted poles that form a ribbon of moving light.
The decision to replace the carpeting throughout northwest Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) was a practical one. After all, millions of passengers had trekked through the terminal since it opened in 2004, and the original carpeting was beginning to show its age.
Portland International Airport (PDX), much like the city itself, takes pride in all things local and unique. The array of food, drinks and art throughout its five concourses communicates that pride in no uncertain terms.
When cargo flights are delayed or diverted, it not only affects customers expecting freight, it also impacts airports handling the traffic. Sometimes it takes a domino effect of gate shifts to accommodate off-schedule or unexpected cargo flights.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has put the state’s money where its airports are. Recognizing and emphasizing the importance of air transportation to general economic prosperity, the governor launched the $200 million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition in 2016.
It has been about seven years since Uber and other transportation network companies (TNCs) first hit the streets in the United States.
Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) recently doubled the size of its terminal, made widespread technology upgrades and increased baggage handling capacity using an innovative project delivery method that had airport employees—not outside contractors—managing and coordinating all of
Patrolling the perimeter fence at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) is a difficult task, thanks to about 400 acres of swampland—and the alligators, snakes and other wildlife that live there. But it’s an easy job for a camera-equipped drone.
Since 2006, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has been incrementally transitioning its airfield lighting from incandescent to light emitting diode (LED) technology.
Early last year, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Broward County, FL, experienced the deadliest airport shooting in U.S. history when a passenger killed five people and sent six others to the hospital with injuries.
Airports often award a single contract for their janitorial services. Beginning this year, executives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) are taking a different tack.
There is a lot of buzz about the “customer experience” these days. Sometimes referred to as simply “CX,” it has become the focal point of business plans and marketing strategies across a wide swath of industries.

Long Beach Municipal Modernizes Airport While Respecting Iconic Terminal

Officials at Long Beach Municipal Airport (LGB) in southern California hope to give travelers an early Christmas present - two new concourses with resort-like amenities and service. The $45 million project designed to provide the "improved passenger experience" includes a new consolidated security screening area, north and south concourses, outdoor spaces and a revamped concessions program with street pricing. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

Blueprint For the Future

There's a widening gulf in America these days. No, I'm not referring to politics. Lord knows we've heard enough on that topic lately and are ready to take a break, please.

Extending the Life of Pavements

Each year, airports throughout the world spend significant funds to maintain, rebuild and/or add new square footage to their runways and other critical airfield pavements. Without this most critical physical infrastructure, operations are simply not possible.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Eyes Future With New Fueling Facility

When an airport constructs a new fuel farm, it's generally because the old one is hampered by outdated technology or has reached the end of its useful life. That wasn't the case at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Its late-1990s Terminal 2-Humphrey Tank Farm was still pumping jet-A and mogas (automotive fuel) effectively, but the facility needed to be removed to make room for future airside and landside expansion.

Bob Hope Airport Begins Online Data Collection to Lay Foundation for Safety Management System

When the FAA issued a draft advisory circular about integrated safety management systems (SMS) in late June, Bob Hope Airport (BUR) was already planning for it. By July, the Burbank, CA, facility had a new data collection system in place to help prepare for the anticipated mandate.

Erie Int'l Plants Slow-Grow Grass to Discourage Wildlife & Reduce Maintenance

In a move that promises to cut mowing to just once a year and reduce wildlife hazards, Erie International Airport (ERI) planted about 95 acres of a special low-growth grass last summer. Although the special species cost about $90,000 more than standard grass, ERI expects to save nearly $800 per acre each year on mowing costs alone.

Tulsa Int'l Develops Electronic Airport Layout Plan with Extra 3D Features

FAA-mandated database mapping and electronic airport layout plan (eALP) standards are ramping up for all federally funded airports throughout the country. Under these requirements, physical airport features are collected in the geographic information system (GIS) format, then submitted to Airports GIS through the FAA's web portal. eALPs can then be assembled from the data.

FAA Funds Green Projects at Chattanooga Metro

About 40 years ago, Walter Cronkite characterized Chattanooga, TN, as one of the dirtiest cities in America. Since then, officials have worked to transform it into one of the cleanest, and the airport fully supports its goals of environmental stewardship and sustainability, notes Terry Hart, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA).

Mitchell Int'l Finishes Runway Safety Area Improvements Ahead of Deadline

Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) undoubtedly gained favor with the FAA in August, when it completed a seven-year, $70 million series of runway safety area (RSA) projects three years ahead of a congressional deadline.

Taxiway Modifications Ease Traffic Congestion During Runway Expansion at Fort Lauderdale Int'l

In January, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida broke ground on a $791 million expansion of Runway 9R-27L that will claim it a spot of distinction in the U.S. airport system. When completed in 2014, the south end of the 8,000-foot runway will reside 65 feet above ground and extend over both railroad tracks and U.S. Highway 1.

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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle

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RECORDED: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT

Most airport layouts were designed when passengers played cards while waiting for a flight because an onboard meal was an expectation and the very idea of a smartphone would have been laughable.

What was once a mess of beam seating everywhere now has a multi-function use: part lounge, part cafe, part office and a wealth of amenities. New uses of spaces as well as new types of furniture are finding their way into the airport because today's passenger is really focused on getting to point B rather than the journey itself. Airport design and furniture elements have a stronger impact on the passenger experience than one may realize. There's the comfort. The durability. The usability.

Matt Dubbe from Mead and Hunt and Joe Agati from Agati Furniture will tackle these questions and others in: Airport Interiors are Experiencing Massive Change: What You Need to Know.

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Sea-Tac Int’l Leverages Competition to Boost Janitorial Efficiency

Airports often award a single contract for their janitorial services. Beginning this year, executives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) are taking a different tack. They divided up the work and awarded contracts to three different companies, hoping that competition among the firms will improve efficiency and tangible results.

Airline Consolidation & Dehubbing Trigger Rightsizing Projects

There is a lot of buzz about the “customer experience” these days. Sometimes referred to as simply “CX,” it has become the focal point of business plans and marketing strategies across a wide swath of industries. Everyone from chief executives to frontline foot soldiers is charged with making customer interactions exceptional, memorable and worth repeating.

Northeast Ohio Regional Maintains Commercial Certificate to Support Economic Growth

In 1965, a forward-thinking businessman and aircraft operator named Robert Morrison marshaled local politicians and civic leaders to create the Ashtabula County Airport Authority for the purpose of developing an airport that would serve as an economic driver for Ashtabula County and northeast Ohio.

Tampa Int’l Kicks Off Master Plan Updates With New Rental Car Center & Automated People Mover

Valentine’s Day was extra sweet for Tampa International Airport (TPA) this year. The growing Florida facility opened two substantial new pieces of infrastructure to the public: a $323 million consolidated rental car center and a $412 million automated people mover. Both projects were designed to reduce curbside congestion at the terminal, improve customer service and pave the way for future passenger growth.

St. Clair Regional Closes Up Shop After 10-Year Struggle

St. Clair Regional Closes Up Shop After 10-Year Struggle
Building and opening a new airport is no easy task—that goes without saying. As it turns out, closing one may not be any easier. Just ask the folks in St. Clair, MO.

Wyoming Airports Band Together to Save Their Commercial Air Service

Wyoming Airports Band Together to Save Their Commercial Air Service
When Devon Brubaker began his job as manager of Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport (RKS) in spring 2015, many residents of the southwest Wyoming community were not even aware the airport offered service to major connecting hubs. Since then, his team has worked with SkyWest Airlines to create more affordable flights, supported by more effective marketing; and Brubaker is proud of the results.

Orlando Melbourne Int’l Deploys New Airfield Radar System

Orlando Melbourne Int’l Deploys New Airfield Radar System
When you think of cities with large high-tech and engineering sectors, you probably think of San Jose, CA. Or Austin, TX. Or maybe even Huntsville, AL. But Melbourne, FL, is a powerhouse of its own, with key facilities for Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, L3, General Dynamics, Thales, Embraer Executive Jets, and the world headquarters of Harris Corp.



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